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Sheriff honors three Columbus students in 'Rising Stars' program

A Columbus High senior who coordinates an “Adopt a Grandparent” program matching student volunteers to assisted-living residents they visit monthly is among the Muscogee Sheriff’s “Rising Stars” for the summer of 2012.

Columbus High’s Carmen Gray also volunteers at the North Columbus Boys and Girls Club, the National Civil War Naval Museum, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Pennies for Patient and the Haiti relief fund, the sheriff’s office says.

She’s one of three students Sheriff John Darr honored Friday at the Columbus Government Center. The other two were Brewer Elementary School fourth-grader TyTana Calhoun and Blackmon Road Middle School eighth-grader Maddie Snipes.

Nominated by teacher Holleigh Davis, Tytana was lauded as “very self-disciplined, academically and socially.” Davis said Tytana is “very empathetic to classmates,” and the teacher has never heard her speak an unkind word. Tytana also has received Brewer Elementary’s “Sharp Cat” award for leadership and academics.

Nominated by teacher Rachel Brown, Snipes was praised for her “exceptional academic success.” A member of the National Junior Honor Society, she is gifted in dance and deeply involved in Pierce Chapel Methodist Church. She also is a Peer Helper at Blackmon Road.

Nominated by Trikevia Nelson, Columbus High School Director of Counseling and Guidance, Gray was described as a “well-adjusted and gifted leader” who maintained a 4.02 grade-point average while taking the most demanding Advanced Placement courses. She was co-president of Peer Helpers and Delta G.E.M.S., and historian for the National Honor Society. She’s also involved in JROTC, Toastmasters, the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Japanese Honor Society.

She has earned the Teacher Honor Student Award and won first place in Japanese Oral Poetry during the Chattahoochee Valley Foreign Language Fair.

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